House votes for Rep Theis plan setting requirements to protect children

first_img24May House votes for Rep. Theis plan setting requirements to protect children Categories: News,Theis News Michigan’s children will be protected under legislation approved today by the state House, state Rep. Lana Theis announced.“Although most doctors have the best of intentions in treating their patients, we must do our best to prevent what happened with Larry Nassar’s survivors,” said Theis, a member of the House Law and Justice Committee. “Parents and children should have as much information as possible when doctors are recommending invasive medical procedures for children. They must be able to understand the necessity of such a procedure.”Under the legislation, procedures involving pelvic area penetration of minors is prohibited without meeting certain conditions:The medical treatment is within the professional’s scope of practice;Another health care professional is in the room during the procedure; andWritten consent on a standardized form is obtained from a person authorized by law to provide consent, such as the child’s parent.The bill does allow for exceptions, such as a medical emergency or for services relating to the patient’s gynecological or reproductive health.The plan is part of a 28-bill bipartisan package approved by the House to increase protections to Michigan’s residents in the wake of the Nassar sex abuse scandal.“This plan will go after sexual predators, help survivors and protect Michigan’s residents,” said Theis, of Brighton. “We took part in nearly 20 hours of testimony in committee alone, engaging medical professionals, educators, subject experts and survivors of Nassar’s crimes. This plan is a solution to better protect our children, while strengthening punishments against anyone who engages in sexual misconduct.”House Bill 5793 advances to the Senate for its consideration.#####last_img read more

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